For the longest time i have wanted an XLR but two days ago we got got a 2004 e55amg and it is truly much better then the XLR in every way. I know they are two completly different cars but the e55amg is way better lol. SO fast lol
My daily driver is a 2002 M-B ML 500 that I can't wait to get rid of. I've had it with Mercedes.
Why? Not the car. It is teriffic. It's the service. M-B doesn't get it. The problem is not isolated. It's unapologetically systemic.
I live in the Houston area, but was on a road trip in Asheville NC in my M-Class when I got a maintainence light. Ah-ha! Perfect opportunity to press the wrench button to alert M-B Tele-aid. First time. The vehicle had just 21000 miles. I made an appointment with Skyland M-B, reserved a loaner car, all was right with the world.
When I showed up at Skyland, it was like I was from another planet. They didn't have the appointment scheduled, and of course they didn't have a car for us. In fact they informed us the M-B will only give a loaner from cars bought at that dealership. Needless to say they did not earn my business that day.
I returned to Houston, got the work done at my dealership told them of my problem and got a complaint form. They did tell me that Skyland was following M-Bs service guidelines. I submitted the complaint to M-B anyway. I'm sure it went in the round file, because I haven't heard anything.
Anecdotal, yes. Just don't drive your M-B away from your home area and expect treatment that is any better than buying a Nissan pick-up.
Cadillac would never do that to us. Nor would BMW, Lexus, Infinity or Lincoln.
Pull up in a Sonic (or anywhere else) next to an XLR and see who gets the attention.
Your E 55 is a fabulous ride, but for overall sex appeal, I think even my 72 year old mother would agree that the Merc doesn't compare.
Reason: That Merc is fast AND practical. There is nothing practical about an XLR. My XLR lives in the garage during the week, gets taken out on beautiful weekends, washed, waxed, and lovingly put back in the garage until the next special occasion, never suffering the slings and arrows of outrageous misfortune found on Houston's freeways.
Metaphorically, it's like the difference between having a beautiful wife who can whip up a mess of grits and dating Pamela Anderson.
Comparing a sedan to a roadster is idiotic. If you want to make a intelligent comparison of an XLR to a Mercedes model, the SL500 is appropriate.
I have test driven both, but haven't gotten either yet. Each has certain advantages over the other, but I'm real close to getting an XLR. The salesman from Casa de Cadillac and I had real fun test drive on Saturday, while cranking an Ozzy CD I brought to test out the sound system. I also drove my buddie's Jag XKR the other day. It has these two beat on power, but it's handling capabilities were not close to the XLR or the Merc.
Truth be told, if I really wanted to spend a ridiculous amount of money for a car, I would probably love an AMG SL55. Cadillac designed the XLR to compete with the SL500. That said, I'd say the XLR has more bang for the buck.